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3.4
1,646 Ratings

Strange Days

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
United States, 1995
Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

Former policeman Lenny Nero has moved into a more lucrative trade: the illegal sale of virtual reality-like recordings that allow users to experience the emotions and past experiences of others. While they typically contain tawdry incidents, Nero is shocked when he receives one showing a murder.

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Strange Days Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Bigelow’s film has an energy and tone to it even when its narrative unbuckles, falls away. In this sense it is a true noir: oneiric, uncanny, anchored by some tangible essence even when it isn’t making much sense.
March 25, 2018
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Today’s apocalypses have the unenviable fortune of either tomorrow’s farces, which we read and watch and laugh over at how much worse things actually are than we were warned, or today’s uncanny documentaries, weird reverse time-capsules that accidentally captured the zeitgeist of the future. STRANGE DAYS is both. It is a film that unflinchingly puts American racism and misogyny on display as driving forces of catastrophic exploitation, cruelty, violence, and barbarism
December 15, 2017
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Cameron and Cocks’s script is curious about the tech, but incurious about who, besides a sad hustler and a murderer, would want to use it. Bigelow, on the other hand, is as always a master of action — curious about how it looks and what it means to keep looking, even when we want to turn away. She shows she’s a master of perspective; our time looking through the eyes of SQUID is as serious and discomfiting as anything she’s done.
August 03, 2017
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